Dodge Hellcat Challenger Runs Mid-9s with Light Mods,Tuning

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A Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat with a very short mod list and some quality tuning runs mid-9s.

The Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is one of the quickest, fastest and most powerful American road cars ever, with the supercharged 707-horsepower muscle car running low-11s in stock form en route to a top speed around 200 miles per hour. That is all very impressive, but what makes the Hellcat cars even more attractive to racers is how easily you can add more power and make the car a whole lot quicker.

The video above is a fine example of that, with a lightly modified and tuned Hellcat Challenger running well into the mid-9-second quarter mile range.

The OST Hellcat

The Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat in the video comes to us from the YouTube channel of Ricci Cavallaro. If you pay attention to the record-holding Hellcats, that name might seem familiar, as Ricci was one of the first supercharged Challenger owners to run in the 9s without a long mod list. He has since sold the car to the team from OST Dyno and that tuning shop has continued tinkering with the car.

Dodge Challenger Hellcat Burnout

When Cavallaro owned the car, he ran a best time of 9.88 with a 2.85 upper pulley, an overdrive lower pulley, larger fuel injectors, an engine tune, a stronger driveshaft and sticky drag radial tires. Since buying the Hellcat Challenger, OST has swapped to a 2.65 upper pulley and they have put some more time into tuning the car – including tuning the 8-speed automatic transmission.

With just those simple changes, the OST Challenger runs a 9.68 at 144 miles per hour in the video above and at a later date, this supercharged Challenger with the same modifications ran a best time of 9.49.

That is 9.49 at 145+ miles per hour with an upper and lower pulley change, larger injectors, an engine tune, a trans tune, a stronger driveshaft and drag radial tires – leaving no question as to why drag racers love the Hellcat cars.

Crank up your speakers and enjoy!

Longtime auto journalist Patrick Rall contributes to Ford Truck Enthusiasts, Rennlist, Club Lexus, F-150 Online, and YotaTech.

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